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60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre (early 1950s-1970s) from clay with plenty of limestone soils on South-SouthWest facing slopes, destemmed, 25-30 day vinification, gentle top of vat daily cap punching, 1-2 pumping overs, raised 70% concrete vat 9-15 months, 30% tronconic oak vat 4-6 months, then concrete vat 5-9 months, 2+ bottlings, first after 11 months, unfined, filtered, 12-14,000 b

2010

jolly, purple-black robe that is full of life and wellbeing. The bouquet gives blackberry fruit that is ample and secure, with a grain and dust background; there is a fringe of herbs and local colour. This is lovely wine, right now – it holds jaunty black berry fruit, moves on through well, has a live buzz of spiced tannins on the finish. Lovely fleshy fruit and texture on the palate, is w.o.w. wine, suited to all sorts of dishes, bistrot drinking. There are cinnamon, spice undertones and a good, clean, firm licoirce aftertaste. Young and virile, with great flow. It is grand in its youth, but also very much up to a second, more complex and varied stage. 14.5° 2017-18 Aug 2012

2009

middling red robe; blackberry violet, red jelly aroma that is very primary. Has a herbal flavour - fennel in with the red jam, but it is a wine that is limted in scope. It ends on gummy tannin. Fair breadth across the palate. A simple companion. 14.7°. 2014-15 Sept 2010

2007 ()

red robe – suggests mostly Grenache in this. Baked, rosemary, attractive herbal airs on the nose, along with sweet prune, ripe notions, red jam: it ends on a curved shape. Full, bountiful, sweet tune to this on the palate – it covers its power well with a lozenge, pastille taste. This is softening out. It ends on a little tannic, pebble coolness, and I find Mourvèdre aids the late frame, leaving licorice in the taste. It may tighten and lose its early fat, become more grainy. 14.7°. 2014-15 March 2010